Thursday, April 02, 2009

What I Watched In March

A very mixed bag this month. Some fantastic movies and some fantastically BAD movies. The general reaction of the critics and the public to KNOWING has shown me just how out of touch I am with mainstream film watchers. Where I saw beauty others saw crap. I remember having much the same feeling of disconnect from the mass audience reaction with SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW as well. There's just no accounting for taste, as they say.

PATRICK (1978) – 7 (rewatch)
LEATHERFACE: TCM 3 (1990) – 4 (workprint of the director’s cut)
7 MURDERS FOR SCOTLAND YARD (1971) – 5 (poorly paced but great ending)
OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES (2006) – 9 (freakin’ great send up of spy movies)
WATCHMEN (2009) - 9
AN ANGEL FOR SATAN (1966) – 6 (Barbara Steele’s rare gothic- good but not great)
POLIZIOTTI VIOLENTI (1976) - 6 (passable police thriller)
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (2009) - 4 (stuttering remake)
O LUCKY MAN! (1973) - 8 (sprawling amazing journey)
AMERICAN HUNTER (1988) - 3 (entertainingly awful Indonesian action film)
FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1957) – 3 (terrible Karloff vehicle)
ROLE MODELS (2008)- 6 (not bad and fairly funny but thinner than it should have been)
MAD FOXES (1981)- 2 (a new high in the ‘so bad its good’ category)
CHUKA (1967)- 8 (good western with a great cast)
THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE (1957)- 2 (often there’s a reason some films are rarely seen)
KNOWING (2009)- 8 (well done, somber film that takes a turn most will dislike)
DEATH SENTENCE (2007)- 7 (well done but felt a little emotionally rushed)
DEAD SNOW (2009)- 8 (great Norwegian horror/comedy)
WICKED, WICKED (1973)- 6 (fascinating split-screen thriller)
PET SEMATARY (1989)- 3 (pretty thin and pretty dull- just like the book)

I also dove into the 1960s spy TV series THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and DANGER MAN and have been loving every minute. U.N.C.L.E. started off shaky but as I advance through the first season is turning into a solid show. DANGER MAN is excellent every single time with Patrick McGoohan really getting to strut his stuff as an actor.

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